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Senate Confirms Biden Pick Michael Regan As New Head Of The EPA

President Joe Biden has wasted no time in his quest to slash greenhouse gas emissions and speed up electric vehicle adoption, signing numerous executive orders and gaining support from the Department of Energy in recent weeks. Now, Biden’s personal pick for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency – Michael Regan – will be tasked with playing a central role in those efforts following his confirmation by the Senate.

Michael Regan, the first black man to lead the EPA, most recently served as the secretary of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality and air quality specialist in the EPA. Regan began his career as an environmental regulator for the EPA during the Clinton and Bush administrations from 1998 to 2008. He then joined the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), where he ultimately became the associate vice president for clean energy and a Southeast regional director during his eight years at the EDF.

Ford Motor Company took the time to congratulate Regan on his promotion in a statement. “We look forward to working with him as we continue to encourage the administration to embrace aggressive greenhouse gas standards outlined in our agreement with California,” the automaker said.

Regan will be tasked with carrying out a host of executive orders signed by Biden in recent weeks, including ones that aim to revamp vehicle emissions standards, accelerate EV adoption, replace the federal fleet with EVs, and expand domestic EV battery production, among others.

Meanwhile, Ford is preparing for these moves by doubling down on its investment in EVs, including a $1 billion dollar renovation of the Ford Cologne Assembly Plant to convert it to electric vehicle production, which will help it achieve its goal of selling only zero-emission passenger vehicles in Europe by the year 2030.

We’ll have more on all the moves that affect the future of the automotive industry soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Jean-Francois Rivard

    I’m just glad I was able to buy my new, 17 MPG, 525 glorious naturally aspirated hp GT350 before it’s all over. Get your dream ICE car while you still can folks. Time’s running out.

  2. Tigger

    Don’t panic yet. The death of the ICE is greatly exaggerated. And any regs sleepy Joe mandates are likely to be undone by the next administration as has always been done.

    1. Jean-Francois Rivard

      The date is set for 2030 in the UK… If the current administration has it their way and gets to stay in power that puts them in until 2029 and it’s possible they will try to imitate…

  3. Gary.

    Well not so fast junior! The day will come when there will be more electric vehicles then ice. But ice will be around for a long time at least I hope. But battery technology is getting better all the time and so will infrastructure which is something I hope will happen and happen fast it will create jobs and hopefully make American companies like GM $ Ford leaders ahead of European &Japanese car and battery manufacturing.😆

  4. Todd Priest

    I’m relieved that the first qualification with this administration is not be white. Way to unify.

  5. Dave Mathers

    I hope and pray that the Environmental Defense Fund in the US is different from the one we have up here in Canada. Ours is a radical organization that joined with some local citizens in an attempt to shut down my St. Thomas Dragway back in 1999. It took me six and a half years and $850,000 in legal fees to keep the track open.


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